Snow Angels (album)
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|Studio album by Over the Rhine|
|Label||Great Speckled Dog|
|Producer||Over the Rhine and Brad Jones|
|Over the Rhine chronology|
Snow Angels is the ninth studio album, and second Christmas album, by Over the Rhine, released independently in 2006. The album was released by Great Speckled Dog on October 2, 2007.
Snow Angels was released ten years after the group's first Christmas disc, 1996's The Darkest Night of the Year. While Darkest Night was largely composed of interpretations of traditional Christmas songs, Snow Angels was almost entirely original material. The only non-original track in the album is a lounge-inspired take on "Jingle Bells" that debuted during the 2004 Christmas tour.
- "All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue" (4:24)
- "Darlin' (Christmas is Coming)" (3:33)
- "White Horse" (4:14)
- "Little Town" (3:22)
- "New Redemption Song" (2:25)
- "Goodbye Charles" (2:17)
- "Snowed In With You" (5:07)
- "North Pole Man" (3:07)
- "Here It Is" (3:24)
- "One Olive Jingle" (3:55)
- "Snow Angel" (4:28)
- "We're Gonna Pull Through" (2:47)
- Linford Detweiler: piano, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, accordion, bells, background vocals
- Karin Bergquist: vocals
- Mickey Grimm: drums and percussion
- Byron House: upright bass
- Brad Jones: bass, Lowrey organ, mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Fats Kaplin: violin
- David Henry: cello
- "Goodbye Charles" is a piano instrumental inspired by Vince Guaraldi's compositions from A Charlie Brown Christmas
- "Darlin' (Christmas Is Coming)" was performed live as far back as the 2001 Christmas tour as a straight mid-tempo folk/pop song. The Snow Angels recording was drastically re-arranged into a swing-style arrangement and performed this way on the 2006 tour.
- "White Horse" was written and first performed in 2004; a live version appears on Live From Nowhere, Volume 1.
- "All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue" was first performed live on the 2001 Christmas tour, and was regularly performed on each subsequent Christmas tour.
- The title "North Pole Man" was inspired by a drawing by Polly Wilson, age 7, called "North Pole Man Holding a Map Looking for a Warm Place".
- The front cover illustration is by Clinton Reno, who had worked with Over The Rhine previously in designing a tour poster commemorating their 2006 tour with Hem.
- "A Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- Snow Angels - entry on OtR's official site